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This show has been commercially released as Road Trips Vol 1 No 2.
A lot can be written about how frustrating it is to simply be able to listen to this show. I'll try to keep the ranting to a minimum so we can focus on the performance itself:
OK, first off: all the boards here have been pulled. Insanely, they've hacked this show up and released bits and pieces of it on two different issues - a Road Trips and Dick's Picks. So, kids, you've got to spends your five dollar-a-day and buy two releases and sort of cobble it together.
You can try seeking out this Miller board elsewhere - I have yet to hear it but am very interested to see how Mr. Charlie cleaned up the flaws in Eyes and NFA - the cuts and buzzes and whatnot are totally distracting (the flaw in Eyes is particularly brutal).
Another option is to go over to nugs.net where they have the flawed board available for download. It's the best you can do through regular avenues unless you've got mucho cashola.
To any personnel of the Dead reading this - don't hack up great shows like this. Many people would be more than happy to purchase a great version of 10-11-77 if it were simply released as is. And since the boards here have been pulled for streaming, you've no other option than to shell out big time money to try and piece it together - lame-o.
Anyways, on to the show itself - set one opens with a strangely mellow H-S-F, the latter third of the jam just going on and on, as easy as you please. Peggy-O is just lovely. This Sunrise you can skip (although I usually like this tune!). The highlight of the first set is Let It Grow. They just simply tear into this, really pushing the energy full-throttle, as if that locomotive they were about to tear loose on the 2nd set needed a hard primer to get going! Wow!
2nd set - everything is here is solid gold - Dancin' is percussion city - focus on Mickey and Billy and let yourself just ride this one out. Estimated > Eyes is no slouch; Jerry really means it with Eyes this time, really wanting to tell the tale and not let it sit as filler, like so many times they did in their later years.
NFA > Jam > Rat > A&A. Just left speechless here - Rat in particular is really something to hear. The Dead had real balls taking such a personal, human story and making it a deep second-set reflection on The Big Picture - it's such a tricky thing to pull off, because the story is just so personal and specific, with individuals, not "humanity" being analyzed here. The important thing here is that they don't lost sight of what the story is about. Jerry explores the "false truth" space after "reassuring" August of Pearly's fidelity so beautifully here - THIS is a version you need to hear, should you be fatigued by forgotten lyrics and whatnot of later versions.
Beautiful, beautiful show. The Dead really screwed the pooch on their botched "release" of this one.
Download this for free at nugs.net.
Subject: Definitely worth seeking out...
Had to comment on this show, even though it's unavailable here, as I've been obsessed with it recently.
One of the stongest shows from one of the Dead's strongest years, this Charlie Miller version is worth seeking out through other online avenues("cough" Lossless Legs "cough.") The Help>Slipknot>Franklin's is so smokin', the band decided not to play it for years, they rock it so hard. Also, the Estimated>Eyes may be the best of the year, along with 6/8's. The rest of the 2nd set is no slouch either, with amazing versions of NFA and Wharf Rat.
And while I'm not a huge fan of Let it Grow, the version here is a major highlight; Jerry's just shooting lightning bolts during the entire jam.
Overall, I'd have to rate this in my top 4 or 5 for '77, mostly because the newer Miller version is so pristine, it really allows me to appreciate this show even more than before.
BTW, this was one of Dick Latvala's top 3 choices for his first Dick's Picks release, along with 12/19/73 and 2/13/70, but for some reason it was never released, except in parts on DP#29 and Road Trips vol.1 no.2.